I need to find a word (noun) for a person who acts as a "work-stopper" and creates hurdles for others so that the work cannot be completed. For example, some government officials force people to follow long bureaucratic procedures to create delays or put-off the worker (use of delay-tactics).

Example sentence: David is a ...

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    Single word requests should include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used. – KillingTime Feb 12 '20 at 7:00
  • Example could be, "David is a hurdle-creator". I need a good replacement of "hurdle-creator". – Amir A Abbas Feb 13 '20 at 7:12
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    Sounds like a bottleneck. – Yosef Baskin Feb 13 '20 at 14:31

Consider obstructionist:

someone who systematically obstructs some action that others want to take

An example of its use:

The self-absorbed obstructionist may be a perfectionist, a slow-moving tortoise, an indecisive type, or a complete slacker.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Coping with Difficult People


The term "bureaucrat" is usually used as such. Stonewaller or impeder might also work.

  • Please add references for the meanings of those words. – CJ Dennis Feb 12 '20 at 12:18
  • While a bureaucrat might have this effect, it's not specifically what they're intending to do. – Barmar Feb 12 '20 at 23:29
  • "Stonewaller" and "impeder" do convey the meaning, but appear very informal. – Amir A Abbas Feb 13 '20 at 7:14
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    @Barmar - How about "manager"? – Hot Licks Feb 13 '20 at 13:37


It means, someone who is a cost to proceedings, rather than being an asset.

Example: ‘David is a liability - he slows everything down and gets in the way all the time.’


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